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Does Medicare Cover Flu Shots?

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By Daniel Petkevich
Dec 9, 2022

Medicare makes it easy to get your annual flu shot

Flu shots can be an important part of your yearly health regimen. Most insurances cover the flu shot, so you won't have to pay, and Medicare is no exception. Even though Medicare typically doesn't cover some preventative treatments, you will have Medicare coverage for the annual flu shot through Part B.

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How much will the flu shot cost me?

As long as your doctor or qualified healthcare provider accepts assignment to be paid directly by

Medicare

for the flu shot, you won't have to pay anything. No copayment, coinsurance, or deductible is necessary.

What are the benefits of getting a flu shot?

The flu shot is a safe and effective way to protect against the flu. By getting vaccinated each year, you will reduce your risk of catching the virus, as well as help prevent the spreading of the virus to other people. Getting a flu shot can also reduce the severity of symptoms if you do get sick and may even prevent hospitalizations from severe cases of the flu.

When should I get my flu shot?

It is best to get your flu shot as early in the season as possible, typically around October or November each year. This will give you the most coverage throughout the winter months when the virus is more likely to spread. However, it's not too late to get the flu shot anytime during the flu season, which is typically from October to May.
Medicare typically covers one flu shot every flu season. This usually means yearly as most people get them around the same time each year. But if your doctor recommends that you get multiple in a year (let's imagine you got one year in April, and wanted to get another the following November), you can get coverage with your doctor's approval.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Your doctor's office or local pharmacy are usually the best places to get your flu shot. In some cases, you may be able to receive it at community health centers, senior centers, or worksites that offer onsite clinics. Make sure to check with the provider for eligibility and coverage requirements.

Do I need a doctor's prescription for my flu shot?

No, you do not need a doctor's prescription to get your flu shot. Depending on where you go to receive it, however, some providers may require that you provide written authorization from your doctor beforehand.

What should I do if I get sick after getting a flu shot?

If you start to experience flu-like symptoms after receiving your flu shot, contact your doctor. It is possible that you may have been exposed to the virus prior to getting vaccinated, and there are other types of viruses that cause similar symptoms as well. Your doctor will be able to diagnose the cause of your illness and provide the appropriate treatment. Sometimes it could just be the flu shot working through your system but check with your doctor to be sure.

Takeaway

The flu shot is one of the best defenses against getting and spreading influenza, and Medicare covers it so you won't have to pay. Make sure to get your flu shot each year as early in the season as possible and talk to your doctor if you experience any symptoms after receiving it. Keep yourself protected! For any Medicare-related questions, contact Fair Square Medicare today.

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